The most popular areas for travelers to Bangkok are Siam, Sukhumvit Road, Sathorn, Chidlom-Ploenchit, Pratunam and the Riverside. Backpackers from around the world still swear by the famous Khao San Road.
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Riding in Tuk Tuks is a fun way to travel around Thailand – but here's what you need to know:
To avoid an argument at the end of a trip, write down the fare before you take a ride. There has been recent controversy surrounding Tuk Tuk drivers overcharging, so be careful. If your fare results in a dispute, some Tuk Tuk drivers can become aggressive and on rare occasions, even violent.
Tuk Tuks are best for short trips. Anything longer than a 30-minute trip will start to get uncomfortable.
Tuk Tuk drivers drive fast and offer little to no accident protection. So expect a bumpy, sometimes dangerous ride.
While a Tuk Tuk ride can be a bit of an adventure, their popularity is on the wane. Many travelers now prefer to pay a few extra baht and travel in the relative comfort of licensed, air-conditioned cabs. The ride might be smoother, but there are still a few things to keep in mind:
Be aware when walking near or on a road in Thailand. If you are hit by a car, the Thai law applies – even if you are in the right, if you are a farang, the accident is your fault.
In general, the standard of driving, for both locals and visitors, is bad. There are many accidents, and pedestrians are often ignored. The main rule of the road seems to be that the largest vehicle wins.
Watch what people around you are doing, and mimic their movements and actions. Use pedestrian crossings and overpasses whenever possible, but do not assume crossings are pedestrian safe.
Do you need a license to ride in Thailand? Yes! Check out our article on licenses in Thailand before you ride.
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